Girls on the Run Western MA

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Women


16 Center Street, Suite 318Northampton, MA 01060 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Girls on the Run Western Ma inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using fun, experience-based curricula that creatively integrates running. As the only national physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program for girls with an evidence-based curriculum, trained coaches, and a commitment to serving all girls, Girls on the Run makes a stronger impact than organized and physical education programs in teaching life skills such as managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others, and making intentional decisions. The program’s intentional suite of curricula is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and completing a celebratory, non-competitive 5K event providing the framework for confidence through accomplishment.


The Western Massachusetts Girls on the Run council was established in 2015 and have been running programs in the 4 counties of Western Ma since then. We cover Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. Girls on the Run is a youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Each season our teams meet twice a week for 8-10 weeks, and each season culminates in a 5K celebration. We are excited to serve our 10,000 girl this year! We rely on volunteer coaches to facilitate our programs. We fully train coaches, supply all needed materials, including user friendly curriciculum. There is minimal prep needed to be a coach, and you DO NOT need to be a runner. The most important thing is to be committed to the season and be a caring adult for the girls on your team.


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